Smartphones and touch technology have revitalized some of the most mundane of household devices: thermostats, washing machines, and garage door openers are being upgraded with wireless connectivity and accompanying apps. The latest device to get a feature upgrade is the front door doorbell. Doorbot is a smartphone-linked door chime with integrated video. We got an in-depth look at what could very well be your next doorbell...
The Doorbot is a pretty straight-forward idea. When someone rings the LED-illuminated doorbell button, an alert that you can answer is sent to your iPhone or iPad. Upon answering, you'll be greeted to a live video feed of the person at the door via the built-in camera on the Doorbot. The two-way communication will allow you to tell a delivery man to leave the package at the door, or tell a guest to come on inside. The technology even works for remote locations and properties you may have.
The idea was so simple in fact, that founder Jamie Siminoff couldn't believe it wasn't already thought of. After being disturbed by the doorbell a few times a day, while working on prototypes and designs in his garage office, he realized it'd be useful if he just bought a smartphone connected doorbell with video. To his surprise there was nothing of the sort yet on the market. Jamie and his team then immediately got to work on making one themselves, in what would eventually become the Doorbot.
But Jamie didn't just build a prototype, he also built the new crowd-funding site called ChristieStreet to help fund the project as well. In his words ChristieStreet helps inventors and protects customers in ways that Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowd funding sites can't. ChristieStreet looks at design feasibility -- if the funding requested is enough to actually make the product. They also work with inventors to develop a roadmap to production -- that the customer can then follow as milestones are met. The Doorbot has met its funding goal on Christie Street and has passed initial manufacturing and delivery audits for a July 2013 release. You can still purchase a Doorbot on ChristieStreet for $189.00.
(Images: Chris Perez)